recording of The Wound Dresser, by Walt Whitman. Read by R. S. Steinberg.
The Wound Dresser
is a series of letters written from the hospitals in Washington by Walt Whitman during the War of the Rebellion to The New York Times, the Brooklyn Eagle and his mother, edited by Richard Maurice Burke, M.D., one of Whitman's literary executors. (Summary by R. S. Steinberg)
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December 1, 2011
Well read look into Whitman's private letters
So much in these letters is routine, with Whitman saying yet again that he had no word from his brother George (who was in the army), asking his mother about family back in Brooklyn, or urging them to write to him. But there are also heartbreaking moments, when we learn that brother Andrew has died, or hear of the sufferings of certain men in the hospital who have horrible, lingering wounds from which they will never recover. I thought it was well worth the time to listen for the insight it gives into the lives of the wounded and to see the effect that ministering for so long among the wounded had on Whitman's physical and mental well-being.
The reader is excellent - his low, somewhat ragged voice seems to match perfectly the pictures of Whitman with his long beard and rough appearance.